Posted by: peebles | December 21, 2012

Luke 2:14 (KJV) ~ Peace on earth, and good will toward men.

The artillery guns fell silent, not a single shot from a sniper’s rifle was fired, nor was there a war cry to advance forward on Flanders field on the 25th of December 1914, but instead small candles replaced the barrels of rifles over the trenches. The voice of war was replaced with the sound of voices singing, worshiping and praising God with Christmas Carols.
This is one of those times in history when you see that what man could never achieve with fighting, God could with a simple song; a simple song called, Silent Night.
The German soldiers started to put candles on their trenches and decorate their Christmas tree. The British responded by doing the same. Suddenly, without a rehearsal, the German soldiers sang the Christmas hymn, ‘Stille Nacht’ (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols and then together they, in a beautiful symphony of brotherhood, sang, Silent Night.
The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the, “No Man’s Land,” on Flanders field where small gifts were exchanged. The truce also allowed a breathing space during which recently-fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Proper burials took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects.
At one funeral in “No Man’s Land,” soldiers from both sides gathered and read a passage of Scripture from Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”
It is amazing to think that in a place where blood was spilled and hatred fueled flames of war that a simple hymn at Christmas about Jesus Christ brought peace on a blood-stained battle field. The cold hearts of mankind can be melted by the love of God, when men allow God to move. In a fraction of a second, by one touch of His hand, God can cause a human heart, cruel and uncaring, to become noble and loving.
The Bible says in Luke 2:14 (KJV), “Peace on earth, and good will toward men.” Good will was extended on that day in 1914 to all the soldiers on both sides. It is amazing to think that when God is brought into circumstances or situations, he alone can bring peace and reconciliation and that he alone can bring a miracle for peace on earth, and good will towards men.
My friend, my prayer is not that we could be united in song all over the world, but that all over the world God can be allowed to bring peace, and good will to all men. But it starts with you and me taking that first brave step forward over the trenches of prejudice and hatred, and into a place of peace, and good will towards all men.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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